Table 1

Unit costs (£) of public sector services

ServiceUnit cost (£)Source
Education
School nurse50.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 85
School counsellor/guidance teacher35.02Department of Education Northern Ireland25 (per 1 hour of teacher time, point 2 of upper pay scale)
Intervention teacher25.89Department of Education Northern Ireland25 (per 1 hour of teacher time, point 3 of main pay scale)
Educational psychologist41.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 156
Education welfare officer/home school liaison officer27.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 155
Health
GP surgery visit46.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 195
GP out of hours115.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 191 (home visit unit cost assumed as above)
Nurse (other than school nurse)13.70Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 192 (per 15.5 min surgery consultation)
Hospital appointment109.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 111
Accident and emergency233.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 111 (see and treat and convey)
Overnight hospital stay658.33NHS Reference Costs 2013–201429 (weighted average length of stay and cost of paediatric non-elective long stays)
Psychologist50.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 
Counsellor (other than at school)50.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 51
Social worker79.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 206 (per 1 hour including travel)
Telephone help-line3.99National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Annual Report and Account 2014/201530 cost per call to Childline deflated to 2013–2014
Criminal justice
Youth justice service84.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 224 (face-to-face contact)
Police service325.00Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 201429 p. 149
  • GP, general practitioner.